The Experiential Learning Team (ELAT) is a collaborative of faculty and staff at Davidson committed to cultivating high impact experiential learning opportunities for students and supporting faculty and staff in their design of these pedagogical practices.

ELAT defines high impact practices as evidence-based practices that engage and challenge students. Experiences with high impact should:

  • Immerse students in discovery, analysis and problem solving
  • Engage students in the big questions
  • Prepare students for citizenship and work
  • Emphasize personal and social responsibility
  • Use assessment to deepen learning and establish a culture of shared purpose and continuous improvement

At Davidson, four categories of experiences fulfill our criteria for curricular-adjacent high impact practices: community-based and project-based learning, education away, internships, research experiences.

The team grew out of a task force that was formed during the fall of 2014 at the request of President Carol Quillen to evaluate experiential learning programs at Davidson and make recommendations to the strategic advisory group. 

If you have questions about the Experiential Learning team, please contact co-chairs Stacey Riemer, Associate Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, or Fuji Lozada, Associate Dean of the Faculty.

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Meet the Experiential Learning Team

Stacey Riemer (co-chair), Associate Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
Nicole Snyder (co-chair), Assistant Dean for Research & Creative Works
Mark Barsoum, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Liz Brigham, Director of the Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Daniel Crocker, Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program
Kelli Fagala, Experiential Learning Program Fellow
Thomas Greene, Director of International Student Programs
Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning
Naomi Otterness, Director of Education Abroad
Jamie Stamey, Executive Director of the Matthews Center for Career Development
Joseph Ewoodzie, Associate Professor of Sociology